Cross-site scripting vulnerability in Invision Power Board version 3.2.3

Cross-site scripting vulnerability in Invision Power Board version 3.2.3


Name :  Cross-site scripting vulnerability in Invision Power Board version 3.2.3 Software :  Invision Power Board version 3.2.3 Vendor Homepage : Vulnerability Type :  Cross-site scripting Severity :  High Researcher :  Vasil A. Advisory Reference :  NS-12-005



Invision Power Board (abbreviated IPB, IP.Board or IP Board) is an Internet forum software produced by Invision Power Services, Inc. It is written in PHP and primarily uses MySQL as a database management system, although support for other database engines is available.

While Invision Power Board is a commercially sold product, there is a large modding community and many of these modifications are free. In addition, many groups offer the download or design of free and paid skins.



IP Board is affected by a Cross-site scripting vulnerability in version 3.2.3.

Example PoC url is as follows :″><script>with(document)alert(cookie)</script>

Additional notes:

1.If a forum contain sub-forums this vulnerability don’t exist.

2.Most of boards uses « Friendly Url style »,but the attack can be performed  by using « legacy URL style » in the query,e.g :″><script>alert(/xss/.source)</script>


You can read the full article about Cross-site Scripting vulnerability from here:


Cross-site Scripting Solution

The vendor issued patch for this vulnerability. Please see the references.


Advisory Timeline

10/03/2012 – First contact: Sent the vulnerability details

12/03/2012 – Second contact: Ask for patch

14/03/2012 – Vulnerability Fixed

29/03/2012 – Vulnerability Released



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